RM1.15 billion, more than six months required

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foreign construction workers covid-19 screening Foreign workers queuing up to be screened for Covid-19 at a construction site in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur following the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 16 APRIL 2020 MEF
Foreign workers queuing up to be screened for Covid-19 at a construction site in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur following the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 16 APRIL 2020

KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) said that the government’s decision in obligating the employers to send their foreign workers for Covid-19 screening and bear its cost as unreasonable, unfair and illogical.

Executive Director of MEF, Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said, the test would cost RM500 each and there are approximately 2.3 million of legitimate foreign workers in Malaysia.

“This means, the employers need to bear RM1.15 billion,” he told Sinchew Daily.

Shamsuddin said, the government had earlier said that the Social Security Organization (SOCSO) would prepare the tests for the employees however at a twist of event, it now wants the employers to bear its cost.

“Malaysia has the capacity of running 16,300 tests a day. Thus, we need more than six months to complete the tests for 2.3 million legitimate foreign workers.

“The instant test kits are not being provided properly, there were no prior discussion with the employers, this decision was too hasty,” he said.

He added, it is not fair for the government to push the blame to the construction site workers of Ampang, Kuala Lumpur as the cause of infection before obtaining a proper investigation result. -MalaysiaGazette

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The government and the employers have not paid attention to the migrant workers whether legal or illegal. How many cases have been reported positive in the locked down areas of Selangor Mansion, Malayan Mansion and Menara City during the raid. This would serve as indicator for a full scale screening. Singapore is a good example of high numbers of foreign workers infected when action was taken. The government/employers must ensure that this group of workers do not evolve into new clusters and become explosive. The government and employers must quickly resolve the issues of costs and the ability/capacity to screen the workers.

  2. There you capitalist taukeh go again. You [email protected]$tards wanted Banglas, Vietnamese, Indian workers to make up for “labour shortages”, etc. Now when you are asked to bear certain “cost” they say they cannot absorb RM1B? A totally inflated fig. to say the least. Solution? No migrants.
    When they are faced with ruin they beg and cry the Govt. to help them any which way to cover their bleeding losses. Now they are given the responsibility to the nation, society to ensure everybody is protected. They cry foul?
    Thats the nature of Malaysian employers.

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